JA Takes Student From the Streets of St. Louis to a Successful Business Professional

This post originally appeared on the #JAMatters website and was submitted my JA alumnus Tim Grace.

As a sophomore in high school, I was on the verge of being in a whole lot of trouble. When I joined the JA after school program (actually evenings) as a 15-year-old boy, it was to meet girls. I had no idea what I was in store for me. The first night the program was explained and we voted for officers. I tried for every office, but was voted down.

The treasurer position was up, and I was elected. I thought, yep, I can handle the money. Little did I know that was the biggest position in the company, and would set the direction for the rest of my life.

The sponsoring firm was Union Electric. Gene McMahon was the leader of the UE volunteers. He was on to me and sensed I could be trouble. Judy Gosik, was a volunteer who worked with me on the records. Sarina Fanara was the Center Manager.

Along with a few others, the program changed my life. I credit this program with taking me from the mean streets of South St. Louis to what I am today, director of the MidWest for MorganFranklin Consulting.

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